Hanna Hornets take provincial silver
The Peewee Boys Hanna Hornets had an exciting 22 of July weekend after they won provincial silver medal in Wetaskiwin.
The provincial tournament was spanned out between three weekends starting on Friday, July 8 in Clyde.
The team played hard and was tiered into the third weekend tournament held in Wetaskiwin.
The Hornets remained undefeated the entire weekend, mercying the Red Deer Braves 19-1, the Parkland Twins 16-6, and the Athabasca Trappers 13-7. The Hornets battled the Fort Macleod Royals in the provincial final, but fell 13-19.
“We didn’t get our last bat as there is a 5 run mercy and we were unable to catch them had we gotten our 5th inning,” explains coach Nadine Hein.
“In the last game, the Royals were able to hold on to their strongest pitcher in the end. We had a bit of a pitching battle. We ended up not being able to capitalize on our runs so they ended up beating us. They were hitting a little bit better than we were. But it was a close game throughout. It was great for our Hanna kids because they had never played competitive ball before so this was our first year stepping up into our competitive league.”
The Hanna Hornets also included two players from Drumheller and one from Delia.
“The majority of the players came from Hanna, but I wanted a few more to feel comfortable going to provincials as a team. So I asked a few of the teams that we had played in Drumheller if they had some players interested.”
When the teams combined together, and outcome couldn’t have been better.
“All the kids really ended up getting along together and meshed as a group. They assisted each other. One of the coaches from Drumheller came and assisted us on the bench. It is a really great story of networking and getting all the communities together and doing something great. I am pretty proud,” says coach Nadine.
After playing hard for three weekends in a row, the boys gave it their all on the field.
“They are a little sad that they didn’t come home with gold, but I think that, in years to come, they will be glad to have the experience and I hope they continue on to have those experiences. I think their strongest quality is their heart. They play hard, they play dirty, they play wet. They give it all they have got. I am proud of their effort, their spirit and their dedication to being there.”
The Hanna Hornets came home with provincial silver medals around their neck after a tournament in Wetaskiwin on the weekend of Friday, July 22.